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Velero Beach Resort
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Reviewed December 22, 2011

Cabarete is on a mile long stretch of beach that curves around a beautiful bay. At its center are several dozen on the beach bars, restaurants, and clubs that form a colorful but noisy town center. At the far eastern end of the beach is the Velero Beach Resort. This lovely hotel is situated on the point dividing Cabarete Bay from the open ocean, in a position that provides a spectacular view of beach, bay, and ocean, but far enough from town to be peaceful and quiet at night. The hotel’s L shaped three story building forms a protective court yard which opens to the sea. At its center is an infinity pool with views to the beach and ocean. The walkways through the courtyard are laid out in the shape of a giant palm tree, a design that is not that obvious while walking on it, but clearly visible in the Google Earth view of the hotel.

Most of the 50 or so units in the hotel are apartment sized suites with kitchen facilities. We reserved a standard double room, but it was clean, spacious, and amply furnished. As a first floor room, it had a small terrace with direct access to the courtyard, pool, and restaurant. The restaurant prepared excellent made to order breakfasts which could be enjoyed while taking in that spectacular view of beach, bay, and ocean. Unfortunately, we did not have the opportunity to sample the evening fare. I am sure it would be equally enjoyable.

The hotel provided free use of the room safes, free use of computers in a room off of the lobby, free parking in a protected courtyard, and free Wi-Fi. The Wi-Fi was advertised as available only in the lobby areas, but it worked well enough in our room. Carla, the evening desk manager, was one of the most delightful people we meet in the DR. She happily answered a whole lot of questions, solved a couple of minor problems, and left us smiling.

The beach directly in front of the hotel is small and appears to have some strange cross currents. If that is an issue for you, the main curve of the mile long Cabarete Beach is available a hundred feet or so to the west of the hotel. It is about a third of a mile walk to center of town. You can walk there by beach or road in about ten minutes. If you go by beach, you have to cross a short rocky area. Easy enough to do in the daylight, but if you are returning after dark, be sure to bring a light with you or be prepared to get your feet wet. That still may be preferable to walking the road to town, since the sidewalks are either missing or in horrible condition, and mostly without street lights.

The hotel is about a block off of the main highway, and their only sign is lost in a cluster of other signs on the corner. Even knowing where it was, we missed the sign and had to back track. It is easier to look for Janet’s Supermarket, then turn onto the side street. The Velero is popular enough that reservations can be difficult to get. I suggest that you contact them directly by email or phone rather than going through the various on line booking services.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with family
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kingofbanff, Owner at Velero Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded December 28, 2011

Wow Gordon! Have you thought about being a travel writer? What a great coverage of Velero - summing up what most travelers are wondering about. Thank you for expending the effort that went into this review.

We like the recommendation of using Janet's Supermarket as the landmark for the turn off the main road. Its very noticeable and everyone knows where it is. Most of our clients arrive by taxi and all the drivers know Velero, but for those arriving by rental car it is a great tip.

We will be soon working with Expedia again so people can book directly from TripAdvisor but for now you are correct - its much better to book through our website (see link above) or call our toll free numbers listed on our website.

We hope to see you again soon at Velero!

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Reviewed December 12, 2011

Just returned from a trip to Velero Beach Resort (Dec3- Dec10, 2011)with my husband. We had a junior suite which was perfect, because there was a fridge and microwave, coffee maker and toaster and we were able to make our own breakfast. The room was well appointed with a very nice bathroom and a sitting area. There was a bedroom which could be closed off to the main room. The bed was not very good as it was short and the mattress was hard (my only complaint) There was a television which we did not turn on, and we had access to Wifi throughout the resort. There was a coverd balcony that gave us a wonderful view of the ocean. The infinity pool had lots of chairs and was very clean and warm. We ate in the restaurant several times and found it a little more expensive than the beach restaurants but the food and service were very good. The staff were very attentive and very helpful. We would definitely go back. This place was excellent value for the money.

Room Tip: All the rooms have an ocean view so any room would be fine.
  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 11, 2011

The landscaping at this resort is absolutely beautiful, the lawns are manicured daily by the staff. Overall the hotel was excellent. The room was a perfect size, and came with a mini kitchenette (most utensils are there, although some cooking supplies would have been nice, such as oil, herbs, etc).

The staff are wonderful and very friendly. I do recommend brushing up on your Spanish, although the staff at the hotel speak fairly good English, it would be tough to get by in the rest of Cabaret with no Spanish.

The area itself is not that great, but the resort is fantastic. If your planning 4 or 5 days just relaxing by the pool with a drink, book, or computer (wifi easily reached the pool area) this place is perfect. The public beach is nice, but a few too many hecklers for me. The restaurant and bar is also pretty decent and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, so very convenient if you don't plan on leaving the resort.

I would absolutely return to Velero Beach, it was a wonderful hotel.

Room Tip: All the rooms are good.
  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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kingofbanff, Owner at Velero Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded November 17, 2011

Thank you for taking the time to write a review! We are happy you enjoyed your stay. As you point out our staff all speak English and if you want to make them smile even brighter try out a few phrases of Spanish!

We hope to see you again!

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Reviewed September 13, 2011

This was our second time at Velero and this time we came back with a group of our friends.  Words cannot describe how amazing the accommodations, service, and the people in Velero really are. I have travelled to many great destinations around the world, especially in Europe and Asia. And honestly, I can’t think of any hotel that is as beautiful (you should see the sunsets), comfortable, and caring as Velero.  I really want to emphasize on its people.  Diane, the hotel manager, had a way of always making us feel like we were the only guests in the hotel.  The staff is always smiling and helpful.  The rooms and the grounds are so beautiful, and very well maintained.  Their restaurant overlooking the ocean has a nice selection of food, great drinks, and the food service staff are just the best.  If you are going to Cabarete and looking for some luxury, service, at reasonable prices, on the North Coast of Dominican Republic, then in my humble opinion you will not be able to do better than Velero.   Finally, we all want to thank everybody in Velero for making our vacation as fun and magical as the first time we stayed there.  We can’t wait to go back soon!!! 

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Juliazh
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Reviewed August 26, 2011

just returned to NYC after 5 days
at the Velero Beach in Cabarete, Dominican Republic. Hurricane Irene hit the beach the last day of the trip, and the staff didn't miss a beat. Service was good and preparations were made for a much fiercer storm. Highly recommended and I look forward to my return.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with friends
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